Looking Good And Feeling Good
No matter the dress size, every woman has personal body issues that make her uncomfortable. Popular culture doesn’t help these issues. Celebrities and models are often so airbrushed and photo-shopped that they are no longer recognizable.
Many women I’ve met say things like, “I can’t shop right now because I’m not happy with how I look,” or “I’m trying to lose weight.” It’s a dangerous cycle. Punishing yourself by hanging onto a wardrobe that doesn’t make you feel good undermines your self-confidence and ability to achieve your goals.
6 Steps to Looking Good and Feeling Great
ASSESSMENT: Assess your body in objective terms. Take measurements. Are you a pear, an apple, a banana or an hourglass? Decide which features you love and which to minimize.
ELIMINATION: Edit your closet. If it’s worn out, too baggy, too tight or a color you dislike, then it has to go. Keep only those pieces that make you feel good.
MAKE A LIST: A list will keep you focused while shopping. Determine what you need in your wardrobe. Make sure you have the basics. Buy well-fitted pieces (but not too many) in monochromatic color schemes that can be altered. A coordinated wardrobe provides a significant number of outfit options. If you don’t know what you need, a stylist (like me) can help you.
TAILOR: Some pieces in your wardrobe may be tailored to fit you. Buy quality pieces and most of these can be altered if you are on a weight-loss journey.
FOUNDATIONS: Well-fitted undergarments are the foundation of looking good in your clothing.
ACCESSORIZE: A great handbag or inexpensive but pretty jewelry are not size specific and can provide an instant boost of glam or color.
Kimberly Marney is trained by Stacy London and has ten years of styling experience with women of all sizes and shapes. Contact her at 785-224-0534 for more information.